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Toronto City Council
Members represent wards throughout the city, and are known as councillors.
For ease of electoral division, wards are based upon the city's provincial electoral districts, with each district (or 'riding') divided into two city wards. (The provincial boundaries will be redistributed in 2007 along the lines of the new federal boundaries, it is unclear whether the city wards will also be shifted along these lines, either in the 2006 or 2009 election, however it would increase the number of councillors from 44 to 45 if such happens)
The city council comprises 45 members: 44 ward councillors plus the mayor.
The city posts agendas for council and committee meetings.
There are six standing committees of council: policy and finance, administration, works, economic development and parks, community services and planning and transportation. In addition there are three other internal business committees: audit, nominating and striking. Sub-committees of the policy and finance committee include the budget advisory committee and the employee and labour relations committee.
In addition to the standing committees, all members of Toronto city council serve on a community council. The city is divided into four community councils, each of which makes recommendations on local matters to the full city council. Although they are named "councils" they are really geographic standing committees of council with no final authority. These are denoted in the chart as a letter next to the councillor's ward number:
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